10 Famous Bridge Collapses

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A Brief History On August 1, 2007, the Interstate -35 westbound bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis came tumbling down during the evening rush hour, killing 13 and injuring 145.  The incident brought the crumbling infrastructure of the US to the front of the news, but as usual, little if anything was done about
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10 Wacky Military Ideas

10 Wacky Military Ideas

A Brief History On July 30, 1864, Union forces exploded 8,000 pounds of black powder in a tunnel underneath Confederate trenches at Petersburg, Virginia, creating a crater 170 feet long and 120 feet wide, and 30 feet deep.  The unorganized rush of Union troops into the crater resulted in Union failure, with Federal troops suffering
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July 30, 1975: Teamsters Leader Jimmy Hoffa Disappears, Never to be Seen Again (Mafia Murder Mystery)

July 30, 1975: Teamsters Leader Jimmy Hoffa Disappears

A Brief History On July 30, 1975, Teamsters leader James R. Hoffa was last seen outside a suburban Detroit restaurant.  He has not been seen since, and as of July 30,1982 has been presumed dead. Digging Deeper Ever since, speculation about what happened to the fiery 62 year old union leader has run wild.  Rumors
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10 Famous Car Wrecks

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A Brief History On July 29, 1973, British race car driver Roger Williamson met his death when his Formula 1race car crashed at the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort Circuit in the Netherlands.  The 25 year old 2 time British Formula 3 champion was trapped under his flipped car, not seriously hurt from the crash,
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10 Assassinations With Unintended Consequences

10 Assassinations With Unintended Consequences

A Brief History On July 28, 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia, starting World War I.  When a Serbian nationalist assassinated the Archduke (heir to the throne) of the Austrian empire to protest Austro-Hungarian occupation of Serbian territory, he never could have seen the incredible consequences of the worst war in human history
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July 28, 1866: 18 Year Old Girl Wins Commission to Sculpt Statue of Lincoln (A Truly Great American Woman)

Commission to Sculpt Statue of Lincoln

A Brief History On July 28, 1866, Vinnie (Lavinia) Ream, an 18 year old girl became the first woman in the United States to win a commission for a statue, that of the recently deceased President Lincoln.  This statue became her most famous work, and it resides in the Rotunda of the US Capitol. Digging
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10 Great Artists That Ended Their Own Lives

10 Great Artists That Ended Their Own Lives

A Brief History On July 27, 1890, painter Vincent van Gogh shot himself, dying 2 days later.  Commemorated in the Don McLean song, Vincent, van Gogh was a tormented person.  It seems that great painters, sculptors, writers, musicians, actors and other creative people are often beset by their own demons that leads them to self-destruction.  Here we
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July 27, 2002: Ukraine Air Show Disaster (Worst Air Show Tragedy in History)

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A Brief History On July 27, 2002, a Ukrainian Air Force Su-27 fighter jet crashed into a crowd of spectators, killing 77 and injuring 534, the worst air show disaster ever.  The crowd was watching a demonstration by the Ukrainian Falcons, the Ukraine acrobatic military team, at Sknyliv airfield (near Lviv).  The jet being flown
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10 Landmark Presidential Executive Orders

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A Brief History On July 26, 1948, President Truman issued Executive Order 9981, which ordered the desegregation of the US military.  At times presidents cannot or will not wait for congress to act on a subject and they take it into their own hands by issuing an “Executive Order.”  President Obama is currently under attack
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10 Foreign Mistresses to Royalty

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A Brief History On July 26, 1767, Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk, and one-time mistress of King George II of England, died. Henrietta has the distinction of probably being the only mistress in history to be unwanted; George II much preferring the company of his wife to her. Digging Deeper What also sets Henrietta Howard
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